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Interview: SA's Got Talent Winner Darren Rajbal

2009-11-13 12:13

Q: How did you celebrate after the show last night?
A: After last evening, I was very relaxed and I took some time to rest. The reason I tried to take it calm is because if I decided to have a ball and have a party I would have felt very bad today. That is the main reason I decided to take it easy and to be role model as well, you know... for the young people.

Q: Do you think people voted for you because of your hearing impairment?
A: Quite honestly I don't know. I haven't heard any rumours about this but I personally believe that people chose me due to the skill I have, and not due to my deafness. It just so happens that I am deaf. But I do believe they chose me for my skills.

Q: You've expressed a desire to open a school to teach deaf children how to dance.  What would you call your school?
A: Sjoe, if I had to think of a name, it would be something in the lines of "Dancing Anywhere Everywhere" and I'd also include the word "skills".

Q: You also mentioned on the show that one of your passions is film. Do you watch movies and if so, what is your favourite of all time?
A: Yes, yes, I do love watching movies. I think my favourite movie... uhm... let me just think about this quickly... Matrix would be one of my favourites, also Step Up 2, Spiderman, but in general I like all types of movies. Those three would fall under my favourites though.

Q: How old were you when you started dancing?
A: 14

Q: And what inspired you to start dancing?
A: The reason I started dancing is that firstly I had a great interest in dancing and secondly I thought that I could benefit a lot from dancing in my future. That is why I decided to focus on dancing.

Q: Do you have any plans to continue performing? And what type of events would you like to perform at in the future?
A: Well, If I sit and think about what I would like to do in the future, I'd definitely like to travel, I'd like to gain more experience when it comes to music, I would like to gain more information with regards to music, what's hot or not in the industry, and fourthly to see if I could get into acting.

Q: Would you consider doing a collaboration with your runner-up in the competition, George Avakian?
A: Oh yes, absolutely! That would definitely be possible.

Q: What's the first thing you're going to buy with the prize money?
A: (laughs) I have absolutely no idea! 
Q: Well you're not partying with it...
A: Definitely not! 

Meet Darren Rajbal, the deaf hip-hop dancer who blew the country away with his phenomenal dance moves to take home the title and the R250 000. With the help of an interpreter, we spoke to him about celebrating, movies and his future plans.

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